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Old 07-16-2005, 02:53 AM
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Hey guys,

Hope the trout fishing is great up in the colder waters. Speaking of, I'm getting ready to head to the southernmost trout fishery in the USA, which is...?

If you guessed the Lower Guadalupe Tailrace below Canyon Lake Dam, good job. It's a beautiful place and since I've taken up fly-fishing I've wanted to go there. Looks like I'll be able to next week.

Anyway, I was wondering about these "slip on leader loops" that you, I guess, slip onto the fly line and then heat until they are embedded in the fly line, or somehow melted together, or however that goes.

I'm just wondering, are these things up to snuff? Do they work? I hate having to tie things to the fly line... I can't make an efficient knot even if I try. Are they strong enough? I figure using one with a furled leader with some tippet attached would give me a real edge on some of these shaky bass, not to mention the carp, and whenever I go trout fishing(if I make it a habit), I could compensate for the 8wt.(until I have something lighter) with good presentation and efficient knots and the like.

But maybe I'm just crazy.


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Old 07-16-2005, 07:31 AM
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Here's a thread that discusses some options:

I would just nail knot (or blind splice) a short butt section and tie a perfection loop. Some lines come with excellent loops so you would not need to add anything (Airflo, Rio, etc).

If you only plan to change tippet or taper/tippet, don't even bother with a loop at all - just nail knot or splice the leader right on the line.
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Old 07-18-2005, 02:44 PM
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No problems yet

I've used the Orvis slip-on loops (no heat required) for years without any problems. Not sure I'd trust them with really big fish, but they seem to work fine with most freshwater fish.
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Old 07-18-2005, 03:12 PM
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If you change the braided loops once every couple of year's they are OK for trout fishing.

If you use them put a drop of zap a gap on the tip of your line before sliding the loop on (to seal out water). Check the instructions regarding heat to shrink the tubing - heat and fly lines don't usually go well together.
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Old 07-24-2005, 05:30 PM
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I have found that they do not last long. Even shorter life if the line is not used much. The nail knot is easy to tie, just get a nail knot tool and life will be good. If you can't tie a nail knot on the water they are a good thing to have with you but it takes me longer to put the loop on then it does not make a nail knot.

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